Happy Thanksgiving! Yes? Not? Maybe? or For How Much Longer?

We’ve so much to be thankful for that I’m reminded of the final verse in John’s Gospel [21:25] which reads:  “But there are also many other things which Jesus did;  which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.” 

A paraphrase relating to the abundance of our blessings might go something like this: “If we were to write about all the things for which we are thankful, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.”  [Dcn. Bob Blog 11-29-2014] <:)

While we do indeed have a great deal to be thankful for, it is almost impossible to ignore the fact that at many of our family holiday gatherings during recent years many conversations have focused on the gradual loss of some of our blessings  and the threat of further decline.  Aware of the evidence before us which we discuss and with an innate sense that something’s run amok, there arises a growing fear of what may lie ahead.  Will we have as much to be thankful for next year and the year after?  Will the day come when we’ve finally been stripped of all the blessings we’ve enjoyed for so long?  Is there anything we can do to reverse the decline and abate such fears?  Yes, for sure!

But first we must identify what’s gone wrong.  Unless we begin by recognizing and humbly acknowledging that, from its inception, the primary source of America’s guidance, protection and benevolent blessings has been the same Creator identified in our Declaration of Independence as the one who created us all equal and endowed us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we will not understand.

A few quotes of our Founding Fathers and other historical notables and a look at some of the lyrics of a few of our patriotic songs may be helpful in this regard.

If you already understand the point without them, skip down below them and read after “we go on.”

During his farewell address our first President said:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports…let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. …reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Samuel Adams – October 16, 1778
“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”

Frederick Douglas [1817-1895] warned:
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”

 An unknown but obviously wise observer of America once said:
“America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” 

 Ronald Reagan reminded us of all of this and more when he said:
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

Our patriotic songs reflect such recognition and acknowledgement on the part of our Founding Fathers as well as most Americans throughout the years of our nation’s existence.

 

America the Beautiful [verse endings] America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea. [Vs. 1]

America! America! God mend thine every flaw.
Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law. [Vs. 2]

America! America! May God thy gold refine,
till all success be nobleness And every gain divine! [Vs. 3]

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
till selfish gain no longer stain the banner of the free! [Vs. 7]

America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
till nobler men keep once again thy whiter jubilee! [Vs. 8]

America [Vs. 4] Our fathers’ God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light.
Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.

God Bless America [actually a prayer.] “While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. “

God Bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home.

 

We go on.

How much longer is it reasonable to expect God will bless America with guidance, protection and prosperity when it has banished Him from its public square, mandated His exclusion from the education of its children, and its government coerces citizens and their churches to support immorality?  Not much longer, me thinks.  And this is why there is the growing fear of what may lie ahead surfacing during our conversations.  Unless things change we will lose it all.  And of course the far greater consequence will be the loss of many souls to hell for all eternity.

Lest we make the mistake of playing the blame game and transferring all the guilt to the government, let’s not forget that it is operated by the people we elect.  Ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.  Remember?

Our Heavenly Mother’s last words at Fatima were: “People must stop offending God because He is already so much offended.”  She warned of what would happen if we continued to ignore God.  We are witnessing the unfolding of her prophecies in the Church, in our nation and in the world today.

In the 3rd part of the prophetic Secret of Fatima there is reference to a “city with houses half in ruin” through which the pope and those following him walk.  I believe that city is an image of all of Western Civilization today, and that  America is one of the houses within it which lies half in ruin because of its rejection of God.  But, being the optimist I’ve been blest to be, and with complete trust in the eventual triumph of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, I see the glass half full rather than half empty.

Our city has been half torn down, but its foundation and some of its superstructure yet remains.  It can be rebuilt, but only with God’s help – only if we can move our nation and sufficient numbers of others to return to God.

“Return to God” are the last three words spoken by Ricardo Montalban in Thomas P. O’Conner’s 1981 documentary on Fatima.  They express the essence of Our Lady’s last words there.  Their implementation is the key to the salvation and restoration of our nation, Western Civilization and the rest of the world today.

In a nutshell, our turning away from God is the cause of the problems we’ve been discussing at our family holiday gatherings of late – the genesis of the fears which have surfaced.  The solution is obviously to return to God.  But we must avoid the mistake of thinking we are capable of doing so without His help. That would be tantamount to replicating America’s big mistake.

“…without me you can do nothing.” [John 15:5]  “…with God all things are possible.” [Matthew 19:26]

Within the context of the entire Fatima affair Our Lady asked us to do four things before finally pleading with us to stop offending God just before her departure.  She did so because she knew we would be unable to stop offending Him without His help.  She asked us to pray, do penance and make sacrifices in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners;  to pray the rosary every day;  to wear the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and live the consecration it signifies;  and to practice the Communions of Reparation on all the 1st Saturdays of our lives.  The honoring of these four requests will bring into the world the grace necessary for us to succeed in our quest for the return of America and  Western Civilization to God, and to the eventual installation of Jesus Christ as the Sovereign King of all the World.  They are 2nd in importance only to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the sacraments of the Church.

The following words which immediately precede those of Ricardo Montalban in the documentary mentioned above were spoken by Alexander Solzhenitsyn [1970 Nobel Prize in Literature].  His words are a far better conclusion to this post than any I might think of.

“All attempts to find a way out of the plight of today’s world are fruitless without a repentant return of our consciousness to the Creator of all.  Without this their exit will be illumined and we shall be unable to find our way.  Instead of the ill-advised hopes of the last two centuries which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can only reach with determination for the warm hand of God which we have so rashly and self-confidently pushed away.

If we did this, our eyes could be opened to the errors of this unfortunate 20th century and our hands could be directed to set them right.  Our 5 continents are caught in a whirlwind.  If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.”

To learn more about Fatima, Our Lady’s message and the Fatima Devotions please visit www.bluearmy.com.

To view the entire documentary referenced in this post, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoCZ0tC4Rc8.

If you would like to watch the documentary in 15-minute segments rather than all in one sitting, please scroll down a little after clicking here: https://wafusa.org/waf-video.

Please consider joining the World Apostolate of Fatima – https://wafusa.org/the-apostolate/pledge and supporting its mission with your time, talent and financial treasure https://wafusa.org/donate-to-waf.

Thanks for reading.  God bless you, and God bless America!

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